Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software
Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software, a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. Their products include:
· Prepackaged workflows and automation expertise for the common tasks in managing a datacenter. Examples include Run Book Automation, virtual machine lifecycle management, and incident ticket management.
· An automation platform that lets customers create and execute workflows across datacenter management tools.
· Deep integration capabilities to orchestrate tasks across server infrastructure and systems management products, including those from BMC, CA, IBM, HP, Microsoft, and Symantec.
Steve Rachui's Manageability blog - ConfigMgr/OpsMgr
The Manageability Guys
Configuration Manager & SMS
Configuration Manager Documentation Library Update for December 2009
The Configuration Manager documentation library (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680651.aspx) has been updated on the Web and the latest content on the Web has Updated: December 1, 2009 at the top of the topic. This month's updates are primarily for revisions based on customer feedback. We do value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible. Although we can't promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement. So, keep that feedback coming, and feel free to contact us about anything related to the documentation by using our usual address of SMSDocs@Microsoft.com.
How to properly set up a Task Sequence to deploy Windows 7 images captured via an SCCM 2007 Capture CD
When a Task Sequence is created via the "Create New Task Sequence Wizard", the Task Sequence may fail if the Windows OS being deployed is Windows 7 and the reference Windows 7 WIM image being deployed was manually created and then captured using the SCCM 2007 Capture CD.
The Task Sequence Error dialog may show one of the following errors…
The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog
The Deployment Guys
Carlos Santiago's Manageability Blog - SCCM/Softgrid
Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings
Paul Thomsen at myITforum.com
Operations Manager & MOM
Now available: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Audit Collection Services
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform Audit Collection Services enables the collection and audit of events from UNIX and Linux Servers. Using Cross Platform ACS, events are collected from the desired Unix/Linux servers and stored in the Audit Collections Services Database. Audit reports for UNIX/Linux Server collected events are included.
The Operations Manager Support Team Blog
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
The App-V Blog
Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool
This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.
Message Queuing MP for OpsMgr 2007
The Message Queuing Management Pack provides monitoring for Microsoft Message Queuing Services (MSMQ) version 3.0.
BizTalk Server MP for OpsMgr 2007
The BizTalk Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 provides monitoring for BizTalk Server 2006, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and BizTalk Server 2009.
Antigen 9.0 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007
This Antigen 9.0 management pack for Operations Manager 2007 supports the 9.0 versions of Microsoft Antigen for Exchange or Microsoft Antigen for SMTP Gateways. Requires OpsMgr 2007 MOM 2005 Backward Compatibility MP Update 6.0.5000.16
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts
Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) On-Demand Webcasts
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 On-Demand Webcasts
Microsoft System Center Overview On-Demand Webcasts
TechNet Webcast: Announcing Data Protection Manager 2010 Beta (Level 300)
Start Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
This month, Microsoft released the public beta for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010. Before you download the software, attend this webcast to learn about Data Protection Manager 2010 and the product features that are causing excitement in the IT community. During the webcast, we deploy a DPM 2010 server and walk you through most of the new features in DPM 2010 and the enhancements that were made to the Data Protection Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) solution, which is protecting Windows-based application servers and file servers today.
Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: The Windows Deployment Service stops responding when you use a PXE service point on a computer that is running a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 site server
Sys Center Config Mnger 2007 AL: A "Run Command Line" task of a task sequence object in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 does not work on a 64-bit client
Sys Mgmt Svr Ent Ed 2003 EN: Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows XP SP3 are not listed as supported platforms for software distribution, update management, or desired configuration management in Systems Management Server 2003 (Updated)
MOM Ops Mgr Serv Ent Ed 2005 EN: There are no Office Communications Server 2007 events in the MOM 2005 Operator console
Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: Error message in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 report: “The Dundas chart for Reporting Services report item is unavailable"
Sys Center Operation Mgr 2007 EN: A computer may be listed in the Agent Managed pane of the Operations console in System Center Operations Manager 2007 with the same name as the gateway server that was just installed